Friday Dec 13, 2013
In the struggle against anti-Semitism and prejudice, there are days, and sometimes even weeks that go by when all is quiet, and when the actions of bigots seem to be in check. And it seems during those quiet periods that the haters -- while never entirely disappearing from the scene -- are once again marginalized or pushed to the far fringes of society enough to render them less potent, or at least, less visible.
It is during those lulls that...
Friday Nov 08, 2013
One of the most significant stories to appear in some time is the one in which it was reported that Saudi Arabia was said to have purchased a weapon from Pakistan ready for delivery if and when Iran goes nuclear.
Underlying this story are two themes; one about how urgent it is to prevent Iran from going nuclear and the second is what it says concerning how the Arabs view the state of Israel.
Because Iran directly threatens Israel, and...
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
William Buckley Jr. once wrote that Henry Kissinger will be remembered a hundred years from now more for his masterful two volumes on his years as national security advisor and secretary of state than for his actual tenure in those positions.
Buckley’s comment comes to mind as we watch American policy evolve in the Middle East.
Kissinger, writing about American policy during the Cold War, argued that the core principle of America...
Friday Oct 04, 2013
Each September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stands before the United Nations General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.
In past years, in making the case for Palestinian nationhood and independence, Abbas has charged Israel with a litany of offenses, accentuating the alleged violations with the...
Monday Sep 16, 2013
It has become conventional wisdom that the roller coaster of American decision-making on the Syria issue has dealt a significant, if not mortal blow, to American credibility and leadership in the world.
This perception is not without good reason.
When President Obama first established a "red line" in Syria on their use of chemical weapons, it was seen as a way to avoid or postpone any decision on U.S. intervention on the...